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ARARA 2021 Conference

ARARA 2021 Conference

A Virtual Experience

ARARA 2021 will be VIRTUAL

We will be meeting June 12-13, 2021. However, everyone knows how the pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways nobody could have foreseen. Thus, in organizing a conference for 2021, the ARARA Board of Directors and Conference Committee realized that there will not be enough of us vaccinated by spring to have an in-person conference. So after missing out completely in 2020 because of the pandemic’s timing, we are planning a virtual live-streamed conference to keep us in touch and up-to-date with new developments in the realm of rock art research.

ARARA 2021 will be professionally live-streamed, but the program will look familiar to participants. The program will consist of 15-minute PowerPoint papers and 5-minute “virtual” field trips (using video format). Publication of papers will be done in the standard way, with a volume of American Indian Rock Art being distributed to members this spring and another planned for spring of 2021.

As planning unfolds details on registration and the presentations will be announced through our web site, social media, and email blasts. As usual, the call for papers begins the conference, and it is now available on the web site. Start working on your presentations and submit your abstracts for review.

Conference participation will have a modest fee. We understand that paying for a live-streamed ARARA conference will be different from what we have typically done and different from the free monthly Zoom lectures we have participated in this past year. However, we are planning for ARARA 2021 to be a professional-level conference and that cannot be accomplished without skilled assistance. We are fortunate to have found a qualified hosting company that has agreed to volunteer much of their time while still providing a fully professional production. Nominal fees for conference registration will offset these expenses, and ARARA 2021 will be less expensive to attend than a typical ARARA conference, since participants will not have travel, lodging, or meal costs. We urge you ALL to attend ARARA 2021. No pandemic is going to keep ARARA down this year!

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